These are some of the films that are in the queue to watch. Please feel free to leave suggestions in the comment box!
Night on Earth – A story of five cab rides going on simultaneously around the world. Made many best-of lists. Familiar faces, 91% audience score on RT.
Romance and Cigarettes – James Gandolfini, Susan Sarandon and Kate Winslet in a musical that is heavy in sexual themes. The reviews were all over the board. Ebert gave it 4 stars, others hated it.
Talk to Her – Foreign drama/romance. Two men share an odd friendship while they care for two women who are both in deep comas. 92% on RT.
Luce – Brings a stellar ensemble to bear on a satisfyingly complex story that addresses its timely themes in thought-provoking fashion. 90% on RT.
Lone Star – Small-town sheriff has to investigate a murder after his father’s bones are found. Ebert gave it 4 stars.
How to Build a Girl – Johana Morrigan is a bright, quirky, 16-year-old who uses her colorful imagination to regularly escape her humdrum life in Wolverhampton and live out her creative fantasies.
Snow Angels – Sam Rockwell and Kate Beckinsale in a drama about relationships. In Roper’s top 100 for the decade.
Crip Camp – Documentary about a special camp in the 1970’s. 100% critic and audience score.
The Half of It – Story about a girl who tries to help a jock get a girl only to realize she has feelings for the same girl. 96% on RT, described as smart.
Victoria – The story of a party girl that ends up being involved in a crime after meeting three men about to hit the town. It’s supposed to be full of twists and texture. Single take for the 140 minute movie.
Julia – Tilda Swinton delivers a powerful performance in Julia, a tense thriller and a dark character study.
Banana Splits – Story of a teenage friends that have a complication – one is dating the other’s ex-boyfriend. 90% on RT.
24 Hour Party People – Story of the Manchester music scene in 70’s – 80’s. 86% on RT, supposed to be fun.
Soul Kitchen – A well-reviewed German indie comedy
Holly Slept Over – Brand new – a female friend visits a couple having issues.
Official Secrets – Story of British whistleblower before the Iraq war. Keira Knightley.
Beautiful Kate – A woman returns home to see dying father only to have secrets unfold.
Goodbye Solo – An old white southern man hires a black man to drive him to a mountain where he will commit suicide. 92% on RT, 4 stars from Ebert.
Dreamland – story of a family living and struggling in the dust bowl. Margot Robbie, 80% on RT.
Three Times – Ebert gave it four stars and said it was exquisite and impossible to find.
This is Martin Bonner – A slow-burning indie drama that explores friendship and the human condition. 93% on RT.
The Beat that My Heart Skipped – Gritty french drama, it won movie of the year there.
Jellyfish – Coming-of-age movie about a difficult teen with a hidden talent.
The Trouble With the Truth – Lea Thompson drama, 94% on RT.
Humpday – An early work by Lynn Shelton and a Duplas brother.
Love is Now – Australian film that chronicles that unexpected journey of a couple in new love.
Rosie – The story of a mother trying to keep it together after the landlord kicks out the family.
Amour – Retired couple have to deal with their daughter having a heart attack. I’ve heard about this one for years.
Once Upon a Time in Anatolia – Drama where a group of men (including the suspect) spend the night trying to find the victim. Drama ensues. Made many best-of lists.
Maze – Story of 1983 IRA prisoner jailbreak. 100% on RT, described as extremely intelligent.
The Idea of Manhood – Two friends get together for a day to discuss their shortcomings. An unexpected conversation ensues.
Fireworks Wednesday – Another film by the aforementioned Iranian director. 100% on RT.
Women on the Balcony – An entertaining and enlightening look at what happens when ultratraditional religion meets some progressive women. 96% on RT.
The Conductor – Another indie gamble? It looks intriguing.
House of Games – Early David Mammet, on Ebert’s list.
Yesterday – A man wakes up to find that the world has never heard of the beatles. Romantic comedy written by Richard Curtis (Love Actually, Laggies).
The Hunt – We enjoyed the work of the lead actor in other films.
A Fortunate Man – The few reviews I could find on this movie were good
Blame – I am a sucker for the coming-of-age dramas
If Beale Street Could Talk – Another one that got rave reviews
Good Movie Lists
Indies – A Good Movie to Watch – Not that I want to give props to another site but I’ve been following this list for a while
Paste Magazine 75 Best Indie movies
ew.com Best movies you’ve never seen